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  • Monument Name

    Rutherford County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Rutherfordton

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Rutherfordton

  • County

    Rutherford

  • Description

    Rising nearly twenty-five feet, this monument depicts a granite sculpture of the Confederate Common Soldier, mounted atop a tall tapered column. The uniformed soldier stands at parade rest, holding the barrel of his rifle with both hands. The tall shaft is composed of three tiers of granite resting atop a wide base of three steps. The shaft of the column just below the sculpture is of rough cut granite with sharply chiseled corners. This narrow column rests atop a tall pedestal with a smooth face bearing the inscription on the front, a bas-relief image of two crossed Confederate flags on one side, and the bas-relief image of two crossed muskets on the other. This base is capped on all four sides with an ornate top bearing the initials of the Confederate States of America in raised lettering on the front and rear and the dates of the Confederacy on the sides. The inscription is simple, with the word "DEVOTION" expressing the sentiment of the commemoration.

    Image: Postcard image of the Rutherford County Courthouse and Confederate Monument

  • Inscription

    Front: TO THE MEN / AND WOMEN OF / THE CONFEDERACY / “DEVOTION”

    Rear: Erected by the Davis-Dickerson-Mills Chapter / United Daughters of The Confederacy. / October 1910

    Front and rear, above inscripton: CSA

    Sides, above figure: 1861-1865

  • Custodian

    Rutherford County Courthouse

  • Dedication Date

    November 12, 1910

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.368960 , -81.957120 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Court House & Confederate Monument, Rutherfordton, N.C." Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed January 7, 2014) Link

      "Devotion, (sculpture)," Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog, #IAS NC000075, (accessed March 12, 2013) Link

      MacKethan, Lulie Biggs. 1947. Chapter Histories : North Carolina Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy : 1897-1947, Raleigh, N.C.: North Carolina Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 77-78

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Rutherfordton," North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed August 30, 2012) Link

      Rutherford County Heritage Council, with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior. "Rutherford County Heritage Development Plan," 2005, 8 (accessed March 13, 2013) Link

      Trelease, Allen W. "Stoneman's Raid," NCpedia, 2006, (accessed March 12, 2013) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Fourteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held at Rocky Mount N.C., October 12th, 13th, 14th 1910, [Raleigh, NC: Capital Printing Co., 1910], 114, (accessed September 5, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Nineteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Charlotte, North Carolina, October 6, 7, 8, 1915 (Wilmington, N.C: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company), 99, (accessed September 7, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Tenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held at Durham, N.C., October 10th, 11th and 12th 1906, (Newton, NC: Enterprise Job Print., 1907), 95, (accessed August 30, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, Davis-Dickerson-Mills Chapter

  • Monument Cost

    $2,500

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was installed in October of 1910 and dedicated on November 12, 1910.

  • Subject Notes

    Rutherford County sent some 1,734 men to fight in the Civil War. The county also experienced some destruction, particularly in Rutherfordton, during the Union campaign known as Stoneman's Raid.

  • Location

    The statue sits facing east in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse on North Main Street between East Second and Third Streets.

  • Landscape

    The statue sits in the semi-circular lawn in front of the courthouse. It is surrounded by mature shade trees.

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